Assessment Task 2
CPD is the means by which members of the professions maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives. CPD is defined as the education of health care professionals following completion of formal training. CPD consists of any educational activity which helps to maintain, develop or increase knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards all with the goal that nurses can provide better health care. CPD includes 'formal' activities, e.g. courses, conferences and workshops, as well as self-directed activities .seminars, checking notice boards at work and ongoing research skills.Nurses are required to participate in at least 20 hours of continuing nursing professional development per year. One hour of active learning will equal one hour of CPD. It is the nurse responsibility to calculate how many hours of active learning have taken place. The CPD must be relevant to the nurse context of practice. Nurses must keep written documentation of CPD that demonstrates evidence of completion of a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year. Documentation of self-directed CPD must include dates, a brief description of the outcomes, and the number of hours spent in each activity. All evidence should be verified. It must demonstrate that the nurse has:
Identified and prioritised their learning needs, based on an evaluation of their practice against the relevant competency or professional practice standards
B) Developed a learning plan based on identified learning needs C) Participated in effective learning activities relevant to their learning needs D) Reflected on the value of the learning activities or the effect that
The Board’s role includes monitoring the competence of nurses; the Board therefore conducts an annual audit of a number of nurses registered in Australia. The board also makes sure that they check the nurses’ criminal history for the protection of patients and their families. The Criminal history registration standard set out the factors the National Board will consider in deciding whether a health practitioner’s criminal history is relevant to the practice of their profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation. The standard has ten factors that they use when considering the outcome.
The nature and gravity of the offence or alleged offence and its relevance to health practice.
The more serious the offence the greater its relevance to health practice, the more weight that the Board will assign to it.
The period of time since the health practitioner committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.
The Board will generally place greater weight on more recent offences.
Whether a finding of guilt or a conviction was recorded for the offence or a charge for the offence is still pending.
In considering the relevance of the criminal history information, the Board is to regard to the type of criminal history information provided, the considered types are:
Findings of guilt
The sentence imposed for the offence.
The weight the Board will place on the sentence will generally increase as the significance of the sentence increases, including any custodial period imposed.
The ages of the health practitioner and of any victim at the time the health practitioner committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.
The Board may place less weight on offences committed when the applicant is younger, and particularly under 18 years of age..
Whether or not the conduct that constituted the offence or to which the charge relates has been decriminalised since the health practitioner committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.
The Board will generally place less or no weight on offences that have been decriminalised since the health practitioner committed, or allegedly committed, the offence.